The Taita Taveta County Director of Education (CDE), Philip Wambua has revealed that the poor state of roads was hampering smooth transportation of examination materials to the far flung areas.
Wambua who spoke to KNA on Monday also said his office did not have enough vehicles that are expected to transport the material s and the exam officials in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) national examination which took off countrywide today.
The CDE, however confirmed that plans for the exercise were complete in the area.
More than 8,000 candidates will sit for this year’s KCPE in the region.
The candidates include 21 adults in Nguraru primary school and Manyani prison examination centres, while another 146 adults are to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) next week.
We received all the examination materials in time but our major challenge is inadequate vehicles to transport the examination materials and poor state of roads, noted Mr. Wambua.
He said the far-flung areas required four wheel drive vehicles which are inadequate despite the deplorable state of the roads over the heavy rains which have been pounding the region.
The affected areas, include Rong’ee Juu Ward and Taita hills.
The County Police Commander, Fred Ochieng said security had been beefed up ahead of the examinations.
Meanwhile, the county administration has provided lunch for the standard eight and form four candidates in the wake of famine in the region.
Last week, County Governor, Granton Samboja flagged off trucks to ferry relief food to all primary and secondary schools in the region.
Source: Kenya News Agency